How to draw a maneki neko
One fun way to spend an otherwise boring afternoon is drawing pictures to colour. Kids like to draw animals, so why not try drawing a maneki neko?
It isn’t difficult to draw a lucky cat. With a little practice, even a small child could draw an acceptable-looking lucky cat of their very own.
If you enjoy drawing and would like to give it a try, follow along with these easy steps to draw your very own maneki neko.
Let’s get started!
- Draw the head as an round shape. Leave a couple of openings for the ears.
- Draw the ears by lining them up with the openings in the head shape.
- Draw the arms. Choose which arm will be up at this time.
- Draw the coin. It should be tilted to appear held by the lower arm.
- Draw the legs.
- Now that the basic shape is done, let’s draw some details! Start by giving your cat a face. Are the eyes open or closed? Does it have a cute expression or a traditional one?
- Add some toes to each paw.
- Let’s draw the collar. There is normally a colored bib under the collar. The cat’s collar has a cat charm dangling from it which reads “猫” (“neko”, Japanese for “cat”).
- Add the text to the coin. The most common phrase on the coin is “千万両” (“ten million ryō”).
- When you are done, clean up your linework if necessary. Once it’s clean, color your maneki neko. A lucky cat is typically a calico cat (white with brown and black spots), but you can make it any color you like!